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Change of environment

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency stated its aim to work closer with engineers to reduce the environmental impact of their work, at the BIET conference last week.

The Agency's pollution prevention officer for Wales David Mathias told delegates that the Agency was keen to work with the construction industry on waste minimisation, to reduce resource use, and particularly water pollution. 'Water pollution has received much attention in recent years. Some 600 incidents of pollution were reported from construction in 1997.'

Mathias pointed to collaborative initiatives with Construction Industry Research & Information Association, as the way forward. The two have produced a video, Building a cleaner future, for use in site induction courses.

For the future, Mathias said the Agency was keen to work with the industry to deliver the Government's aim of 2.4M new homes by 2016; 60% on brownfield sites.

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